Fire, EMS & PREVENTION 

Four essential roles form the foundation of emergency response and fire prevention operations at TVF&R. Each offers a unique and rewarding path to make a meaningful difference in the community.

  • Firefighter: Firefighters extinguish fires, rescue victims, and provide essential medical care.
  • Firefighter Paramedic: Combining firefighting skills with advanced medical training, firefighter paramedics deliver life-saving care in critical situations.
  • Paramedic: Dedicated to providing emergency medical care, paramedics assess patients and provide advanced life support.
  • Fire Inspector or Deputy Fire Marshal: Working to prevent fires before they start, fire inspectors and deputy fire marshals educate the public, conduct inspections, and enforce fire codes.

These exciting and impactful careers suit individuals who crave action, service, teamwork, and professional growth. If this sounds like you, we would love to connect.

Our Frequently Asked Questions provides information about these jobs, the candidate evaluation process, and more.

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FIREFIGHTER & FIREFIGHTER PARAMEDIC

Firefighters

The Firefighter and Firefighter Paramedic roles differ only in their scope of EMS practices and required EMS license. Both jobs perform a wide range of fire- and EMS-related responsibilities, with the Firefighter Paramedic performing advanced life support consistent with their Paramedic license. Firefighter Paramedics receive a 10% pay premium after completing the academy upon hire.

Successful entry Firefighter candidates will have the following: 
  • HS diploma or equivalent
  • Oregon EMT license (Firefighter) or Oregon Paramedic license (Firefighter Paramedic)
  • A current, valid driver's license
  • Ability to pass the Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT).
View the Firefighter job description (PDF) and Firefighter/Paramedic job description (PDF) for more information on the competencies and requirements critical to these roles.

PARAMEDIC 

(SINGLE ROLE)

EMSSuccessful Paramedic candidates will have the following:

  • Paramedic license at the time of application
  • Valid State of Oregon Paramedic license by date of employment
  • A current, valid driver's license
  • One year of relevant full-time paramedic experience. Relevancy is defined as:
    • Recent: No greater than a 12-month gap between end of full-time practice and the application closing date.
    • Transporting: Experience is in a transporting paramedic role.
    • Call volume (preferred): Experience is in a 911 care system of comparable call volume to TVF&R with high unit hours utilization.
View the Paramedic job description (PDF) for the competencies and requirements critical to this role.

FIRE & LIFE SAFETY POSITIONS

If your interest lies in becoming a Fire Inspector, successful candidates will have the following:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Industry certifications: ICC Fire Code Fire Inspector I (at application) and Oregon Fire Inspector I (within one year of hire) 
  • A current, valid driver's license
  • A strong community and customer-service focus and high level of professionalism
  • Demonstrated use of good judgment and decision-making
  • An unremarkable criminal background and driving record

Already have experience as a Fire Inspector? Consider the Deputy Fire Marshal I position if you also possess:

  • An associate or higher level degree in fire administration, prevention, engineering or science, or a closely related field
  • Two or more years of experience working as a Fire Inspector or closely related position
DFM McKee
Fire Inspector Nolan

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Civil Service
TVF&R has a Commission which oversees the District’s Civil Service system, governing many aspects of personnel management for positions in the classified service. View the Civil Service Rules (PDF).